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Old 10-01-2005   #1
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Crystal Gorge and Exostosis

Anyone make it out to the gorge a few days ago when it pumped up to 600 in the rain? If any of you glenwood/aspen area boaters see the rain a'comin help a brah out with a heads up!

On another note, I didn't want to start a seperate post so i'll just start this talk here. I went to an ear specialist the other day because I'd had several nasty, super painful ear infections this season. I was a little worried about exostosis. He told me that my ears looked good for now, but make sure to keep wearing ear plugs. I showed him my Doc's pro plugs and he said those were perfect. I'm a pretty sporadic plug wearer, but now's the time to get better. Also the doc said, kayakers especially should not use Q-Tips. He compared the effect of q-tips in your ears to that of steel wool on a car's paint. It's super important for kayakers to have wax and normal secretions in their ears to protect against infection and keep water out.

Finally I wanted to give a shout out to Ty, Alex and anyone else who made it to the Great American Beer Fest this weekend! Also a what's up to the bro wearing a FIBArk shirt at the Paul Van Dyke show.

Furthermore, practice CPR.

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preciate it, yo. you have definitely covered the bases with this post. I just saw JJH's pics of the gorge and, damn, that makes me want to be out here again next summer to get some of that action once again.

I wear docs pretty much everytime I boat now. I think reading the "eary story" in CRC a couple times was all it took to make me a devout plug-wearer.

taker easy, and be sure to enjoy gore this month. also,

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A couple of drops of Alcohol and I'm not talking Tekillya or Jack in each ear after a session will help keep the infection out of the ears.

But do nothing for the exostosis.
Don't do anything, just stand there.
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Old 10-02-2005   #4
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Can anyone elaborate on who is truly at risk for exostosis? I have read the information in CRC, seen the pics of the owner's of CKS ears hanging on the walls etc. What I wonder is, are you still at risk if you are boating mostly in the summer when water is warmer and if you boat in the 30-50 days per year vs the 100+ that the follks who have boating lifestyles do.
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Don't kid yourself about water in CO being warmer in the summer. Also 30-50 days is quite a bit if you're in CO, equal to about 4 days a week through boating season. Anyone who has routine exposure to cold water is at risk for exostosis. I'd say that if you boat 30-50 days in CO, get ear plugs and wear them.
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I paddled with Doc's for a few years but just got into the real plugs and it makes a world of difference. I Got Custom ear plugs from The Hearing Aid Store in Glenwood Springs and they rock. I paid a bit more and got this tympanic membrane in them and you hear great, No water gets in and they come in an assortment of colors. They are not cheap $70 - $100 but cheaper then surgery especially when you paddle early and late season like me.

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I just don't flip...
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Crystal is fun. But 600cfs would kill someone.

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JC -- the forecast usually pretty good for that segment -- check her out:
Crystal Above Avalanche Creek

Of course your trying to catch a really really time period of time when flows would be optimal. My advise would be to aim for the receeding hydrograph.

happy paddling.
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Anyone else looking at the gauge...If it looks good, we're going to try to go on thurs morning - check the trip planner.

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